This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
When Ben Woodburn burst onto the scene for Liverpool back in 2016 to become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer, hopes were very high for the midfielder’s future.
That strike against Leeds in the League Cup brought goosebumps to the skin of many of the onlooking Anfield crowd, but flash foward to 2019, however, and his career has started to stutter somewhat.
The 2018/19 campaign saw him loaned out to Sheffield United for the season, but just eight appearances before Christmas saw him recalled by the Reds to continue his development in the reserves.
In the summer, Oxford United brought him in in what looked like a serious transfer coup. And so it proved for a while. One goal and five assists in his opening 11 matches brought back that sense of excitement.
However, he is now facing a lay-off of up to three months after picking up a nasty injury against Accrington Stanley last weekend.
So, just how will the slick attacker be feeling at this moment?
Woodburn will undoubtedly feel like the world is against him of late. After scoring that goal against Leeds, he no doubt expected his career to accelerate at some speed, but quite the opposite has happened.
He was incredibly unfortunate with his move to Sheffield United. On paper it looked like a useful move for his development, but it turned into a pretty fruitless excersise, with Chris Wilder showing a stubborness with his starting XI.
And now this nasty knock will only serve to rock his confidence even more. It is now that he needs the right people around him more than ever.
In reality, this has been an impressive season for the youngster. Scoring once and assisting five in 11 matches at League One level is no mean feet for a 19-year-old and he needs to be reminded of that.
Oxford will need him firing upon his return in the New Year. He had become a key part of the squad up until that point and he certainly still can be.
He has every right to feel the world is against him right now but he can bounce back.